How long does teeth sensitivity last after getting eight new porcelain veneers? I’ve had my veneers for over a week, and my teeth are still sensitive and sore. I love how my smile looks, but my dentist didn’t mention the side effects, so I wasn’t expecting them. I don’t know if the sensation is normal or not. What should I expect? Thank you. Dawn from MN
Thank you for contacting Cornerstone Dentistry in Sugar Land. We are happy that you enjoy the look of your smile makeover. If you’ve had your porcelain veneers for over a week, you probably had a recent follow-up appointment with your dentist or will have one soon to discuss your concerns.
How Long Does Sensitivity Last with New Porcelain Veneers?
Tooth sensitivity after getting new porcelain veneers may last for a few days. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, you may experience some sensitivity. But some patients report sensitivity that lasts longer depending on the dentist’s work and your teeth’s general sensitivity level. If you continue to experience sensitivity beyond two weeks, schedule an appointment with your dentist.
Why Does Sensitivity Occur with Porcelain Veneers?
If you experience teeth sensitivity after getting new veneers, it may be from tooth preparation or the porcelain veneers process. Some factors that can create sensitivity include:
- Removing tooth decay
- Removing small amounts of tooth enamel to ensure the porcelain veneers fit snugly near your gumline
- Bonding or cementing materials that adhere the porcelain to your teeth
- Teeth that are out of alignment
What Can You Do About Teeth Sensitivity After Veneers?
You may be able to manage teeth sensitivity after veneers by using a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Over the next few days, try to discern if the sensitivity is less frequent. Still, If the sensation to heat or cold or sensitivity general sensitivity lingers or worsens, call your dentist’s office for an appointment. If your dentist cannot resolve the sensitivity after a reasonable amount of time, schedule a second opinion with a skilled cosmetic dentist.